What you can do to improve air quality
As a resident
Take public transport
London has excellent public transport to help you get around. Citymapper will help to plan your route by bus, train, ferry, tram or bike.
A car club offers you the convenience of being able to use a clean, modern and reliable vehicle for those trips you cannot do by using public transport, cycling or walking. Clubs are available across the borough and they do vans as well.
Leave the car at home
In London, for distances less than a mile it’s quicker to walk and for distances less than 5 miles it is quicker to cycle, both of which will keep you healthier longer.
If you do take your car turn your engine off when stationery or parked, if it doesn’t have stop-start function.
Get on your bike
Cycling in London is safe if you take the proper precautions. It's a great way to save money on transport costs, explore the capital and get some exercise at the same time.
You can equip yourself with the skills and confidence you need to ride safely using Southwark’s free cycle training courses. The courses are open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Southwark. You can learn comfortably in a group session or in a one to one lesson.
Book your training by calling 020 3031 6730 or visit cycle confident.
There are many cycle paths and routes to help you get around.
Use clean fuel in your car
Diesel engines create the most air pollution and are not suitable to urban areas like Southwark. All hydrocarbons (diesel, petrol, oil) burn to cause fumes that are harmful to your health.
When replacing your car consider an ultra-low emission vehicle such as hybrid, gas or electric-cell.
The London Mayor is introducing an Ultra-Low Emission Zone on the 8 April 2019. The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ). The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements. The London Mayor has developed a tool to check whether your vehicle meets the ULEZ standards. Any vehicle that meets the ULEZ standard will be able to travel in the zone without paying the ULEZ charge. You can access the tool by clicking on the vehicle checker.
The London Mayor has also introduced “T-Charge” (officially known as the “Emissions Surcharge”). It is the first step towards the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), a 24-hour charging zone in central London for older vehicles. This means that older vehicles driving in central London now need to meet minimum Euro emission standards or pay an extra daily charge. This is in addition to the Congestion Charge.
Have you thought about car sharing? Here are a few sites to find out more:
Reduce your use of gas and electricity
Are you aware of all the steps you can take to stop wasting gas and electricity and thus save significant money on your energy bills. Find out more from the See link below for further information from the Energy Saving Trust.
Instead of having your online shopping sent to your work address which adds to traffic congestion and air pollution. Consider using a click and collect service, which will reduce the number of vans on our streets.
Page last updated: 02 January 2018